Global Politics

Egypt Chooses New President

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An elections monitor (seated) speaks with voters as they enter a polling center. (Photo: Matthew Bell)

Egyptians are voting in their first free presidential election, 15 months after ousting Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring uprising.

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Fifty million people are eligible to vote, and long lines have formed at some polling stations.

The military council which assumed presidential power in February 2011 has promised a fair vote and civilian rule.

The election pits Islamists against secularists, and revolutionaries against Mubarak-era ministers.

Matthew Bell went to the Nile delta city of Mansoura to visit polling places and talk with Egyptian voters.

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